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Introducing Oxford International Organizations

While there is general agreement on the increasing role played by international organizations, the actual extent of this role and the implications thereof remain the object of intense debate in legal and scholarly commentaries. Indeed, organizations today seem to be simultaneously acclaimed and abhorred; deemed to be the guardian of the international order and the cause of international disorder; taken as the monitors of fundamental rights and the villains of the international rule of law. By the same token, there is a wide range of understandings of what constitutes an ‘international organization’, ranging from an inter-state treaty regime to an autonomous constitutional subject with its own legal order. In this sense, international organizations and their contribution to global governance have perhaps never been as discussed and contested as they are today.

It is in this context that Oxford International Organizations (OXIO) has been built, with the aim of providing practitioners, scholars, legal advisers, policy-makers, and observers of international relations with the most precise, holistic and up-to-date picture of the acts of international organizations possible, and with an increased understanding of the contribution of these organizations. 


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March 29, 2018

March 2018 Update

 For March 2018, Oxford International Organizations (OXIO) adds 3 headnotes.

March 9, 2018

Constituent instruments of international courts and tribunals

Analyse the text and impact of the constituent instruments of nine international adjudicatory bodies or systems

February 28, 2018

February 2018 Update

For February 2018, Oxford International Organizations (OXIO) adds 10 headnotes.

February 23, 2018

Geneva Launch of OXIO

Join us as we launch Oxford International Organizations (OXIO) in Geneva.